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When I Was A Donk With Ben Palmer

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Apr 15, 2015


In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. Although Ben Palmer rarely travels for poker tournaments these days, the Las Vegas resident remains as one of the most frequent cashers on the circuit, having made the money nearly 180 times since 2010. Palmer now has more $1 million in career live tournament earnings and another $2.5 million online. His most notable live result was winning the $5,000 event at the 2008 Festa Al Lago Classic at Bellagio for $189,975. In 2011, he took third in the $2,000 buy-in FTOPS event, cashing for $310,862. Here, Palmer talks about taking an online tournament concept into the live arena. “I can’t really remember any specific hands that I messed up too badly because I try not ...

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